27 July 2020 Company News

SMS achieves Van Excellence accreditation

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SMS is pleased to announce its accreditation by FTA as a Van Excellence Operator.

Van Excellence is a scheme designed by some of the best van operators in the UK, facilitated and managed by FTA to recognise excellence and improve operational standards. The scheme provides organisations with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable van fleets.

Our recognition as a Van Excellence Operator provides the highest confidence that our fleet complies with current legislation and best practice, reduces operational and safety risks to a minimum, and improves efficiency alongside increased driver competence.

The accreditation is the result of an incredible amount of hard work from the SMS Fleet Management team and other Group stakeholders committed to enhancing the performance of our vans and drivers. Achieving Van Excellence also underlines our continued commitment to a safe and sustainable environment, as established by our core values.

Our Van Excellence certification follows on from recognition last year by the Energy Saving Trust, who nominated SMS for ‘Fleet of the Year 2019’ after measures taken to improve the sustainability and energy-efficient performance of our fleet.

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The SMS Fleet Management team, based in Doncaster, currently manages 403 vans covering the entire UK with our smart meter installation services, as well as 11 pool cars and electric vehicles.

Yvonne Cannon, Fleet Manager, said: “I am immensely proud of the Fleet Team for achieving this accreditation and would like to acknowledge and thank everyone involved in helping SMS become a Van Excellence Operator. This is a fantastic and just recognition of all the hard work that has gone in to improving our safety, efficiency and sustainability standards across the Group’s fleet operations in accordance with our values.”

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